there are some sessions where everything works out more perfectly than i could’ve imagined… warm weather, no wind, fun parents, smiling kids (yes, even tears can be good at times), etc… i just knew that this session was one of those. i knew i’d want at least one of these images for myself, printed on canvas, displayed above my fireplace in my office (i chose the first image). and it’s usually in my car on the drive home, when all is quiet, that I am overwhelmed with thankfulness that the Lord has given me this as my ministry!

this family was an absolute delight! macy, molly, and mack were absolutely adorable and you could tell that their family was the best of buddies. their sweet mom, shay, had the whole family dressed perfectly. little molly (in the strawberry sweater) was a little teary near the end, but it allowed my assistant, Kelsey, and i to spend some fun one-on-one time with her while mom, dad, and the other kids took a little walk alone. sometimes, one-on-one time is nice so that kelsey and i can get to know them and gradually bring them out of their shell. we got some really sweet expressions and smiles from her… and great shots of macy and mack, too!

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Elizabeth was one of those girls… you know the type who just looks stunning whether she is laughing or serious. She was so relaxed and composed the whole day. She and Jordan chose to see each other before the wedding, so we had the opportunity to capture some amazing shots. One of my favorite memories is when they had the Rolls Royce take them by Old Navy to buy her a pair of flip-flops before the reception.

Bride’s Dress: Melissa Sweet from J.J. Kelly

Bridesmaids Dresses: Vera Wang

Wedding Consultant: Judy Lehmbeck (405) 751.3780

Flowers: A Date with Iris

Cake: Joan Jones (405) 682-0309

Absolutely amazing band: Soulsations (Memphis, TN)

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Well, if you have not had the pleasure of meeting our oh-so-wonderful office assistant, Kelsey, here she is with her sweet husband, Chris. She is the voice that most of you hear on the other end of the phone when you call the studio… and she’s usually the gal who helps keep the kids laughing while I’m photographing them. I’m not quite sure what Steve and I did in our “Pre-Kelsey days.” Her strengths have brought so much calm to our studio and to our family – we found that my weaknesses were her passions which allowed me time to focus more on doing what i was truly gifted at – photography, and being a wife and mother.

Author and pastor, Andy Stanley states in his book, Next Generation Leader, “I discovered that there were some (things) i had no business juggling. When i finally mustered the courage to let ’em fall to the floor (and allowed others, gifted in those areas, to pick them up)… I began to excel in juggling the two or three (things) I was created to keep in the air in the first place… that is where you must focus your energies. That is your sweet spot. That is where you will excel. Within that narrowed context you will add the most value to your organization (and where God will be most glorified).”  I could write pages and pages on that subject, but that’s for another day.

You are a dear friend to me, Kelsey. Thank you for blessing our family and our clients. A million thank-you’s for helping us get through this busy holiday season. Sigh… we made it through!

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Ramsey and Daniel have a sweet love story that dates back to high school. I could see that she has found the man who will take care of her forever. These two are the best of friends and so in love. I love seeing those kind of relationships. I love the 2 images where he is delicately holding her hand and leading her out the door… just precious (perfect example of how Steve and I can document your wedding together – these were shot at the same time from different angles).

I got goosebumps as a gospel choir welcomed her down the aisle singing loud praises. My favorite song they sang that evening was, “Oh Happy Day!”. Wow! What a wonderful idea for a wedding ceremony. It was truly amazing.

And lastly, the day would not have been the same without the coordination of the wonderful Valerie Noah. She was a delight to work with!

Ramsey (and mom, Susan)… thanks again for making this evening such a fun one to document.  Your family is precious to us!

Dress: Lazaro from J.J. Kelly

Wedding Coordination: Valerie Noah (405) 818-1688

Flowers: New Leaf Florist (Charlotte Houle)

Cake: Queen of Tarts (405) 521-1121

Gospel Singers: Gospel Music Workshop of America (OKC Chapter – directed by Orlando Smith)

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I truly enjoyed meeting Stacy and photographing her bridal portraits. She looked amazing in her gown and veil… and I loved how she chose to wear her beautiful red hair in long, soft curls. Just stunning!

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The moment i received an email from Kari (only a couple of days after her surprise engagement in Walt Disney World), I just knew that I had to meet her… and I knew, just from her words and tone, that I really wanted to photograph her wedding. Kari has the most joyful, delightful, and contagious personality. She truly valued photography and wanted her and Scott’s day to be beautifully documented. I loved knowing that because it allowed me to give her suggestions on little things that make a big difference in photos. One of those things being “getting ready” shots. She was getting married in a tiny church in Clinton, Oklahoma and it did not have a great room to get dressed in. Luckily, Kari had a friend in Clinton who offered her house. This home was the perfect backdrop for the first couple of hours of photographs. Huge windows (ie: lots of natural light), beautiful art on the walls, etc…

You could see Kari’s passion shine through in each detail of the wedding. Each thing or person included was there was for a reason… the candles as she walked down the aisle to meet her groom, Lauren Nelson’s beautiful voice filling the sanctuary, the tent-like feel that was created for the reception, even the miniature iced mochas and candy buffet.

And what has been so fun about photographing weddings is that i get to know each of my brides. They become friends… a lot of whom I am still in contact with years after they marry. Kari and Scott, it’s been so fun… I look forward to documenting your family for years and years to come.

Dress: Maggie Sottero

Flowers: Uptown Market Place (888) 772-2238

Cake: Rosebeary’s Designs (405) 282-0188

Wedding Design: Jody Reed/J.Reed Designs and Rentals (580) 302-1400

Soloist: Lauren Nelson – Miss America 2007

Registry: Tulips (the cutest store around!)

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